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A senior adviser to former President Donald Trump pushed agency officials to secure huge COVID-19 contracts for politically connected and untested firms, according to documents from an inquiry by the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
Peter Navarro, who served as a trade adviser to Trump, is one of the officials accused of pursuing a “haphazard and ineffective approach to procurement” and steering contracts “to particular companies without adequate diligence or competitions.”
There are numerous examples outlined in the inquiry of how the Trump aide played a significant role in rewarding multimillion-dollar deals to companies with connections to the White House, ProPublica reported.
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On one occasion, Navarro awarded a $96 million deal for respirators to a company with links to the administration — Airboss Defense Group (ADG).
Retired Army general Jack Keane, a Trump ally and paid consultant for ADG, sent a catalog of the company’s items to Navarro on March 22, 2020. Keane had just been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump days earlier.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics